The Mystic bead Rudraksha is highly sacred to the Hindus of all castes / sects and regions. But as some of the Rudraksha are very costly so some people out of greed try to tamper with the Rudraksha so as to make them like a more costly member of the family. Now, the question before the buyer is how he should check the authenticity of the Rudraksha.
1. EYE TEST: Look at the bead all the mukhas / faces should look like joined lips and the partitions where the line is visible should be clear and look natural.
2. EYE GLASS: Sometimes Rudraksha are faked by removing the thorn like parts from one piece and then sticking it to another. This can be judged by a close examination by a 10x Lens.
3. WATER TEST: Put the Rudraksha in boiling water and let it remain there for 20 – 30 minutes. If some faces are tempered with them they shall come off as the glue will come off.
4. SCIENTIFIC TEST: A botanical laboratory or a botanist can test a Rudraksha and testify its originality. So, if in doubt take the Rudraksha to a Botanical laboratory and know the facts.
Sometimes, tests like the ones above are not enough. The best way is to procure from a reliable source.